Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Washington television station reports on early onset Alzheimer's

ABC Affiliate WJLA in Washington DC today, in its 5 PM report, aired a report on early onset Alzheimer’s disease, occurring at 51 in one woman, and 59 in one father. The District of Columbia is expected to have 9000 cases of Alzheimer’s by 2010. Five million Americans have Alzheimer’s now, and the number will be 15 million by 2050.

“If you think a family member has Alzheimer's disease, you're usually right," said Dr. Adam Rosenblatt, a neuropsychiatrist was quoted as saying in the report.

The link for the story, “Initiative Aims to Raise Azlheimer’s Awareness” is here.

The disease is hard on caregivers in a way that AIDS was not in the 1980s. Then, most patients died quickly, or got better for a while, and then returned to “productive life” once antiviral drug treatments became more effective. Drug treatments can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s but so far have not been able to reverse it. Alzeheimer’s may become our largest public health problem.

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